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Hearing loss affects young and old alike, and chances are, you might have problems hearing yourself. But even if you don’t, there is no guarantee that you will have full use of your hearing forever. Still, whether you currently have a hearing problem or not, there are still steps you can take to improve this most valuable of senses.
Here are four things you can do today.
#1 Go for a walk
You know exercise is beneficial for your overall health, but did you know it’s good for your hearing health too? Studies suggest people who exercise less are more prone to hearing loss as they age, as they are restricting vital blood flow to the body and brain that is essential for good hearing health. Exercise, on the other hand, will keep the blood flowing, and as this article explains, will actively keep a person’s ears in good shape. Of course, you don’t have to go for a walk, as any kind of cardiovascular activity is helpful, including going for a swim, getting on your bike, or taking part in keep-fit activities at home, so do whatever will bring you the most enjoyment.
#2 Quit smoking
You should already know that smoking is bad for you, so if you’re still prone to picking up the odd cigarette or two a day, make the effort to start taking better care of yourself. According to research, those who smoke are 70% more likely to suffer from hearing loss than non-smokers, and this is because of the nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes that starve the inner ears of the oxygen needed to keep them healthy. So, other than the possibility of heart disease, lung cancer, and chances of early death, let this be yet another reason to pack in the habit. Here are some tips to help you.
#3 Stay away from noise
We can’t always avoid noise, but if you know you are about to enter a noisy environment, be that at work or in the street, the least you can do is wear the right ear protection to safeguard your hearing. However, where you have a choice, ensure you avoid noise as much as possible. This includes turning your music down to a safe level when listening through headphones and lowering the volume of your TV or hi-fi systems, and if you turn a street and notice roadworks, change direction and take an alternative path to get to your destination. Check out this helpful guide about noise levels, and then practice safety whenever possible to preserve your hearing
#4 Schedule a hearing test
Okay, here’s a no-brainer, but if you know you need to get a hearing test, then do so. If you already wear a hearing device, but it’s not doing its job, your audiologist will assess your hearing, and adjust your aid. And if you’re not currently wearing a device, but you are concerned that your hearing isn’t as it should be, the audiologist will advise you further, and if necessary, will recommend the best hearing aids to you. In both cases, by taking the requisite tests, you will have taken the right step towards improving the long-term future of your hearing health.
Take care, and thanks for reading!